CHA News Article

Heightened Awareness Advised for Health Care Providers After Brussels Attack

Following Tuesday’s terror attack in Brussels, the Department of Homeland Security urges health care providers to increase awareness of activities that prompt suspicion or raise security concerns. The department stressed that early recognition and reporting of potential terrorist activity is the first line of defense against those who intend harm. Health care providers are encouraged to:

  • Review security plans and exercise them regularly, using scenarios based on recently used tactics.
  • Review active shooter, suspicious activity reporting, and improvised explosive device preparedness in training and awareness initiatives as well as in organizational safety briefings.
  • Ensure proper functioning of emergency communications equipment and conduct regular tests.
  • Reinforce employees’ understanding that their familiarity with their surroundings and understanding of ‘normal’ occurrences position them to identify behaviors, objects and activities that are out of place. 

Additional resources are available at www.calhospitalprepare.org/brussels-attack-2016

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